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Draymond uses expletives in text to Myers, calls Jordan Bell on FaceTime

Draymond uses expletives in text to Myers, calls Jordan Bell on FaceTime

At his introductory press conference on Friday afternoon, Jordan Bell said that he tries to emulate his game after Draymond Green.

He said that he can learn a lot from Draymond.

Then, Warriors GM Bob Myers directed his next words at the newest addition to the team:

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"Draymond will be a fun challenge for you," Myers said as he laughed and grabbed Bell on the shoulder. "Draymond texted me after I was driving home (following the draft). And he said, 'What the expletive is your problem?' So you can fill in the blank. And then he said, 'I have to hear about this expletive on the internet, you didn't expletive tell me about it?'

"So I couldn't text and drive so I called him and said, 'OK. All right. Calm down.' He said, 'I need his number, I need to talk to him,' so I gave it to Draymond ... he's like our team mom in a way ... you're gonna love playing with him, because to be honest, with Draymond it's about respect ... that's the type of team we have but we feel like that's how you are, too."

So what exactly did Draymond to say the 2016-17 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year?

"So he FaceTime'd me ... and I was with my friends celebrating. I texted the number back and I was like, 'Who is this?' And then he didn't reply, so I called the number and I was like, 'Yo, who is this?'

"And then he was like, 'Yo. I FaceTime'd you. Hang up right now, FaceTime me back, don't call. So I was like, 'Yeah, you're right.' So I hung up and I FaceTime'd him and he didn't answer. And I was like, 'All right.' I was like I should wait a couple seconds, and I waited like five seconds and I called him back on FaceTime.

"He was like, 'Yo, enjoy this night. Celebrate it. It only happens once, but after this night, we have to get back to work. We trying to get rings over here, so be ready for it."

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Other takeaways from the press conference:

- Andre Iguodala is one of Bell's favorite players of all-time
- Kevin Durant texted Bell on Friday to welcome him to the Warriors
- Steve Kerr called Bell after the draft and on Friday
- Steph Curry texted Myers after the Warriors paid the Bulls $3.5 million for the rights to Bell

And, finally:

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Shaun Livingston: Warriors training camp profile

Shaun Livingston: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

11TH IN A SERIES:

Player: Shaun Livingston
Position: Point guard
Height/weight: 6-7, 192
College: None (Drafted from Peoria (Ill.) Central High in 2004, fourth overall)
Age: 33
Salary: $8.31M (Year 2 of a three-year contract valued at $23.69M, per Spotrac. Year 3 has a partial guarantee that allows the team a 2M buyout.)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 75

2017-18 in review: After two seasons with one of the deadliest midrange jump shots in the NBA, Livingston dropped from automatic to merely good. Yet he remained among the team’s steadiest performers, avoiding long periods of low production. There are slight signs of defensive decline, mostly reaching -- and catching needless fouls -- to compensate for diminishing quickness. Despite that, he excelled was in the Western Conference Finals and was phenomenal in the NBA Finals.

Key stats: 71 games (seven starts), averaging 5.5 points (50.1 percent FG, 82.0 percent FT), 2.0 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 15.9 minutes per game.

Season highs: Points (16), assists (seven), rebounds (seven), steals (three), blocks (three), minutes (25, twice).

2018-19 outlook: Knowing his 2019-20 contract is only partially guaranteed, Livingston’s goal is retaining the ability to provide a dimension few other PGs can offer. His length allows him to shoot over most defenders and also go inside and score on the block. Never has their been a question about his professionalism. He’s a low-maintenance veteran, a cool head and someone coaches and teammates can count on. His value is attached to his production in 15-20 minute spans. He’ll also be called on to help tutor rookie Jacob Evans III.

The time Kerr used a video on playing blackjack to teach Draymond a lesson

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The time Kerr used a video on playing blackjack to teach Draymond a lesson

Steve Kerr played for Phil Jackson for five seasons.

Over the last four years, the Warriors' head coach has implemented some of things he picked up from the "Zen Master."

"One of the things that I learned from Phil was how important it was being funny watching game film, editing stuff in from movies," Kerr explained in the most recent edition of The California Sunday Magazine. "Nobody I had ever played for had ever done that, and, to me, that was such an effective way of getting a message across. When you could tie together the point you’re trying to make on the basketball floor with a humorous message coming from a movie — when the message is clear and it carries over to what you’re trying to teach — you’re not having to either kiss up to the player or criticize them.

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"You’re just telling them something, but you’re using humor. I thought that was part of Phil’s genius, and it’s something that we try to employ all the time. It’s a lot easier to do now, too, because you’ve got modern technology, and three or four people are in the video room."

Some examples of Kerr using movie clips during film sessions have trickled out over the past couple of seasons.

Kerr provided a great example when talking to Jackson for the magazine profile:

"Last year, we came down on a two-on-one, and Draymond Green had the ball. Steph Curry runs to the 3-point line. Draymond has a dunk if he wants it, because the defender runs to Steph, but Draymond passes up a dunk and throws it to Steph, and Steph misses the 3-pointer. I’m looking at my coaches like, 'What the hell are we doing? Just please take the 2-pointer.' So what are my options to tell Draymond? How are we going to do this creatively? What we decided on the next day at practice was to show a video on playing blackjack. It was about splitting 10s, and the audio says, “Never, ever split 10s. Why would you ever give up a winning hand just to try to get two better ones?'

The message from the video was so obvious. The guys loved it, because they all like to play cards. They got a good laugh out of it, and Draymond laughed. That was to me the kind of stuff I learned from Phil — that there are different ways to get the message across, that if you’re creative enough, then they’re not going to get sick of your voice and they’re not going to get sick of you saying the same things over and over again."

Pretty sure that this is the play Kerr is referencing:

And Kerr is right -- you don't ever split 10s, even if the dealer is showing a six.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller